Stephen Peel

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Stephen Peel
Personal information
Birth nameStephen Mark Peel
Born (1965-12-29) 29 December 1965 (age 53)
Blackburn, Lancashire, England
ResidenceLondon, England
EducationKing's School, Chester
Alma materDowning College, Cambridge
OccupationPrivate equity investor
Yana Peel (m. 1999)

Stephen Mark Peel (born 29 December 1965) is a British businessman, private equity investor, and Olympic athlete who, until 2014, was a senior partner at the global private equity firm TPG Capital.[1] In 2017, Peel founded a new private equity firm, London-based Novalpina Capital, which focuses on control-orientated equity investments in European middle market businesses. [2] He is the founder of SMP Policy Innovation Ltd, a not-for-profit policy organization aiming to promote, design and assist government policy.

Early life[edit]

Peel was born in Blackburn, Lancashire, on 29 December 1965.[3][4] He was educated at King's School, Chester.[5][6] He has a degree in land economy from Downing College, Cambridge in 1987, and is now a Wilkins Fellow.[7][8] In 2015, he completed a Master of Applied Statistics degree at the Jackson Institute of Global Affairs at Yale University.[9]

Rowing career[edit]

Peel represented Great Britain in coxless fours rowing at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul.[3] He represented England and won a silver medal in the eight, at the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, Scotland.[10][11]


Peel worked at Goldman Sachs from 1989, founded TPG's European operations in 1997, ran their Russian and Eastern European operations from 2006 and co-headed the Asia operations from 2009-2013.[12] In 2014, Peel left TPG Capital.[1]

From 2016 to 2017, Peel served as a visiting fellow of practice at the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University.[13] He is on the advisory council of the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs at Yale University.[14]

In 2016, Peel established Novalpina Capital, which is currently most notable for its majority stake in Israeli surveillance technology firm NSO Group, acquired in February 2019.[15] NSO has come under scrutiny, and has been the target of lawsuits, for developing remote-exploit software that can take over targeted mobile phones for covert surveillance and tracking purposes.[16][17] Peel has communicated regularly with Amnesty International and other human-rights organizations to respond to their concerns about the use of NSO’s software, saying that "every business in which we invest – including NSO – can and should be operated in accordance with all aspects of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights,"[18] and that "highly targeted interception technologies play a critical role in protecting the public."[19]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Yana Peel, businesswoman, philanthropist and arts patron, most recently CEO of London's Serpentine Galleries, and they have two children.[20][21][22] They married in 1999, and live in Bayswater, London.[23]


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  2. ^ "Novalpina Capital | An independent private equity firm based in London". Novalpina Capital. Retrieved 2019-07-19.
  3. ^ a b "Stephen Peel Bio, Stats, and Results". Olympics at Retrieved 20 February 2018.
  4. ^ "Stephen Mark PEEL - Personal Appointments (free information from Companies House)". Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  5. ^ "Notable Alumni - The King's School Chester". Retrieved 20 February 2018.
  6. ^ Chronicle, Chester (2 January 2014). "Proof of the pudding is in the rowing". Retrieved 20 February 2018.
  7. ^ rp441 (7 November 2016). "Stephen Peel". Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  8. ^ rp441 (7 November 2016). "Stephen Peel admitted as a Wilkins Fellow".
  9. ^ "Yale - Graduate Students".
  10. ^ "1986 Athletes". Team England.
  11. ^ "Athletes and results". Commonwealth Games Federation.
  12. ^ "TPG’s Dattels Named Co-Head of Asia as Stephen Peel Steps Down". Bloomberg Business.
  13. ^ "Former TPG executive Peel preps debut fund at 1 bln euros". PE Hub. Retrieved 2019-10-04.
  14. ^ Pangburn, D. J. (2019-03-09). "Israeli cyberattack firm woos investors amid a human rights firestorm". Fast Company. Retrieved 2019-10-04.
  15. ^ "Novalpina Capital and founders buy NSO at $1b co value". Globes. Retrieved 2019-06-06.
  16. ^ Sabbagh, Dan (2019-05-18). "Israeli firm linked to WhatsApp spyware attack faces lawsuit". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019-06-06.
  17. ^ "Subscribe to read". Financial Times. Retrieved 2019-07-19.
  18. ^ Peel, Stephen (March 1, 2019). "Response to Open Letter to Novalpina Capital on 18 February 2019" (PDF). Letter to Amnesty International et. al. Retrieved June 6, 2019.
  19. ^ Peel, Stephen (2019-05-15). "Response to Open Letter to Novalpina Capital on 15 April 2019" (PDF). Letter to Amnesty International et. al. Retrieved 2019-06-06.
  20. ^ "A conversation with Yana Peel". 2014-05-14. Retrieved 2016-08-09.
  21. ^ Clark, Simon (20 June 2014). "Top TPG Dealmaker Stephen Peel to Leave Firm". Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  22. ^ Swaine, Jon; Kirchgaessner, Stephanie; Greenfield, Patrick (18 June 2019). "Serpentine Galleries chief resigns in spyware firm row". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  23. ^ "Yana Peel: 'Like Zaha Hadid, I believe in experimentation'". Retrieved 19 February 2018.